Reduce Stress Now! 5 Cheap And Easy Ways For Busy Moms To Feel Less Stressed!
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2018 is here and if I could only have one goal for the new Year, I would have to choose to reduce stress. I know, who wouldn’t like to be less stressed, right? But, seriously, stress can affect your life in so many ways- think physical, mental, and emotional health- so aiming to reduce stress should be a lofty goal all of us strive for.
However, saying we should try to be less stressed is not as easy as it should be- especially for us busy mommas! Between family, work, and all of the other obligations I have, finding time for me is often more difficult than I like. This means that I let myself slip between the cracks more times than I should.
I figure that I’m not the only momma who feels this way, so I compiled a list of easy, and cheap, ways to reduce stress for busy mommas.
1. Learn to meditate.
Meditation can help reduce stress, help with concentration, help with self awareness, and increase happiness. That’s a lot of benefits! Plus, meditation does not have to take a lot of your time. I always thought that you needed to meditate for hours at a time in order for it to be effective (I have no idea why I thought that.). However, just setting aside a few minutes a day can help drastically change your mood.
Afraid that it wont work for you? There are plenty of free resources online or at your local library and on Amazon Prime to help you determine if this is a way for you to reduce stress. I started my research online and then found some materials on Amazon.
“Exercise gives you endorphins; endorphins make you happy.” Thank you Legally Blonde. There are several options to make this feasible for you. You can work out at home following different personalities on YouTube, Facebook, or even Amazon Prime for free. Or you can always go to your local library and check out workout DVD’s. Many gyms also give free memberships for a specific amount of time to lure customers in. You can try different gyms, machines, and routines to see what works for you without spending a dime. Plus- many gyms have free childcare for members! Your kids can be playing and socializing while you reduce stress! Win-win!
3. Find a hobby.
I know that it seems like I’m forgetting about the busy part but hear me out. I write when I’m stressed. Right now I’m writing this on my phone while my husband drives me to work. By the time I get there I will feel less stressed (even if it is minimally) and be able to focus on my job. I also write with my kiddos. Two of my girls are creating their own content because they want their own blogs. While I definitely don’t get as much written with my chatterboxes as I do when writing alone, it is a way to relax and bond with my babies.
Try making a list of activities you enjoy doing. They don’t have to be complicated or cost money to do. Do you enjoy reading? You can squeeze in 10-15 minutes to read before bed. What about skydiving? Schedule yourself a jump once a month. A hobby is not necessarily something you do every single day.
4. Take time for you.
The only thing this costs you is your time. Take a bath after the kids are down. Or, maybe you just need to go take a nap. Ooooh, a nap.
Want to read a book? Schedule yourself 15 minutes 3 times a week and take that time to read that book. Even if you are just doing it while you are sitting in the car line, or right after the kids go to bed take this time for yourself. I have even heard a rumor that some people are morning people and like to get up before the kids to do things for themselves! I’m not one of those people but I have met some.
Going back to the previous way to reduce stress, perhaps you would like to take a class to develop a new hobby. Do it! Invest in yourself. Your family will thank you.
5. Take time to enjoy your kiddos.
I remember that during a time we had something like 12 weeks in a row of not having a weekend that wasn’t booked solid with activities for the kids. One weekend we decided that we need to just take time for ourselves. After canceling any premade plans, we loaded the kids in the van and drove to the beach. My husband and I relaxed in the sun while the kids built sandcastles and soaked each other with squirt guns in the surf. We ate sandwiches and chips while our youngest marveled at the seagulls. Staying until the sun relaxed into the Gulf of Mexico, we felt refreshed as the kids fell asleep on the drive home.
Now, obviously not everyone lives within driving distance to the beach. Check out National Parks, or even city parks, near you. It doesn’t have to cost money or even be far to relax with your kids. Rent a movie and build a fort in your living room!
Are there any other ways that you reduce stress in your life? Leave ideas in the comments!
Check out: My meal planning mini series to reduce stress when planning meals! Start with PART 1 HERE.